Broncos (10): Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Todd McShay’s first two mocks had the Broncos looking defense by selecting Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker. This time around McShay sees a bigger need to fill on offense by having the Broncos select Alabama OT Jonah Williams.
Most drafts have Williams going anywhere within the top 15, and McShay had Williams going at #5 to Tampa Bay in his previous mock.
Williams is a versatile tackle that can play both right and left sides of the line. He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and was an immediate starter in Alabama his freshman year.
He started all 15 games at right tackle during his freshman year, and then switched to left tackle to fill the void left by Cam Robinson.
He has been awarded the honors of being named to the first-team All-SEC multiple times, an Outland Trophy finalist, and received a unanimous vote for first-team All-American during his final season for the Tide.
He idolizes future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas and models his game after him. He is known as a hard worker who pays close attention to detail.
His strengths far outweigh his weaknesses, but he’s still not a finished product.
How does Williams fit with the Broncos?
The Broncos have one of the weaker offensive lines in the NFL have for several years.
Former first-round pick Garett Bolles is still a work in progress, while veterans Matt Paradis, Jared Veldheer, Billy Turner, and Max Garcia are free-agents, and Ronald Leary is coming off an injury that ended his season last year.
Drafting Jonah Williams would give the Broncos some stability as well as flexibility along their offensive line. A move for Bolles from left to right tackle could improve his growth while the Broncos can put Williams at left tackle and have an immediate upgrade at that position.
The Broncos could also keep Bolles and LT and put Williams at RT and allow new offensive line coach Mike Munchak to work his magic with getting this line to play at a high level.
Whether Williams plays RT or LT in the NFL, he would be an immediate starter for the Broncos and would provide new starting quarterback Joe Flacco greater protection in the pocket.
Who was still available?
As many mocks are doing post-combine, McShay has QB Kyler Murray going #1 overall to the AZ Cardinals. Taking the Oklahoma prospect first overall shakes things up just a little bit in the top 10, but the usual suspects are still around for the Broncos to choose from if they stay at 10.
These include LSU linebacker Devin White, Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, and top cornerbacks Baker and Byron Murphy.
Willams may not be a flashy pick, but the Broncos grab one of the top-rated players as well as fill a position of great need.
The Indianapolis Colts showed last year how integral a lineman can be to success when they drafted top guard Quenton Nelson sixth overall in 2018. They reached the playoffs and Nelson went to the Pro Bowl.